Prince Charles wants pride in our streets
30 October 2009
The Prince of Wales is backing a campaign by 250,000 volunteers to save Britain's streets from mess and clutter.
A scheme called Street Pride has been set up to mobilise communities into taking an active role to prevent public spaces being blighted by debris.
The scheme is backed by over 1,000 civic groups across the nation along with high profile supporters including the Prince of Wales and comedy actor and presenter Griff Rhys Jones.
Prince Charles told members of the civic trusts across Britain "Out of adversity you now have an opportunity to build something even stronger - a powerful community movement which can address the challenges of a fast-changing world and remain a steadfast champion of the fabric and character of our nation's cities, towns and villages."
Local campaigns, in Oxford, Stamford, Salisbury and Wakefield are already making huge improvements to their local area.
Jill Partington from Keep Britain Tidy said: "It is excellent that the Prince of Wales is backing the Street Pride campaign. Britain's town centres have some of the most historical and impressive architecture in the world and it is such a shame when th e views are obstructed and ruined by fly -posting , an overflowing bin or general neglect.
"People want to feel proud of their local area and we wholeheartedly support volunteers who are taking positive action to keep the streets clean and keep Britain tidy."